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OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

MISSION FOR INTEGRATED DEVELOPMET OF HORTICULTURE


DURING XII PLAN
1.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a Centrally

Sponsored Scheme for the holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering
fruits, vegetables, root & tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic
plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo. While Government of India (GOI)
contributes 85% of total outlay for developmental programmes in all the states
except the states in North East and Himalayas, 15% share is contributed by
State Governments. In the case of North Eastern States and Himalayan States,
GOI contribution is 100%.

Similarly, for development of bamboo and

programmes of National Horticulture Board (NHB), Coconut Development Board


(CDB), Central Institute for Horticulture (CIH), Nagaland and the National Level
Agencies (NLA), GOI contribution will be 100%.

Guidelines regarding

implementation of the scheme are described hereunder.


1.2

MIDH will have the following sub-schemes and area of operation:


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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Sub Scheme

Target group / area of operation

NHM

All states & UTs except states in NE

HMNEH

and Himalayan Region.


All states in NE and Himalayan

NBM
NHB

Region.
All states & UTs
All states & UTs focusing on

CDB

commercial horticulture
All States and UTs where coconut

CIH

is grown.
NE states, focusing on HRD and
capacity building.

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1.3

MIDH will work closely with National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture

(NMSA) towards development of Micro-Irrigation for all horticulture crops and


protected cultivation on farmers field.

1.4

MIDH will also provide technical advice and administrative support to State

Governments/ State Horticulture Missions (SHMs) for the Saffron Mission and
other horticulture related activities like Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters
(VIUC), funded by Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)/NMSA.

2.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

2.1

Main objectives of the Mission are:


a) Promote holistic growth of horticulture sector, including bamboo and
coconut through area based regionally differentiated strategies, which
includes research, technology promotion, extension, post harvest
management, processing and marketing, in consonance with comparative
advantage of each State/region and its diverse agro-climatic features;
b) Encourage aggregation of farmers into farmer groups like FIGs/FPOs and
FPCs to bring economy of scale and scope.
c) Enhance horticulture production, augment farmers, income and strengthen
nutritional security;
d) Improve productivity by way of quality germplasm, planting material and
water use efficiency through Micro Irrigation.
e) Support

skill

development

and

create

employment

generation

opportunities for rural youth in horticulture and post harvest management,


especially in the cold chain sector.

3.

STRATEGY

3.1

To achieve above objectives, the mission will adopt the following

strategies:

a) Adopt

an

end-to-end

holistic

approach

covering

pre-production,

production, post harvest management, processing and marketing to


assure appropriate returns to growers/producers;
b) Promote R&D technologies for cultivation, production, post-harvest
management

and

processing

with

special

focus

on

cold

chain

infrastructure for extending the shelf life of perishables;


c) Improve productivity by way of quality through:
i. Diversification, from traditional crops to plantations, orchards,
vineyards, flowers, vegetable gardens and bamboo plantations.
ii. Extension of appropriate technology to farmers for high-tech
horticulture including protected cultivation and precision farming.
iii. Increase of acreage of orchards and plantation crops including
bamboo and coconut, particularly in states where total area under
horticulture is less than 50% of agricultural area
d) Improve post harvest management, processing for value addition and
marketing infrastructure.
e)

Adopt a coordinated approach and promote partnership, convergence


and synergy among R&D, processing and marketing agencies in public as
well as private sectors, at the national, regional, state and sub-state levels;

f) Promote FPOs and their tie up with Market Aggregators (MAs) and
Financial Institutions (FIs) to support and adequate returns to farmers.
g) Support capacity-building and Human Resource Development at all levels,
including, change in syllabus and curriculum of graduation courses at
Colleges, Universities, ITIs, Polytechnics, as appropriate.

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4.

MISSION STRUCTURE

(I)

National Level

a) General Council
4.1. The Mission will have a General Council (GC) at National level under
Chairmanship of Union Agriculture Minister. The composition of GC will be
as follows:
Minister of Agriculture

Chairman

Ministers of Commerce, Health, Finance, Food

Members

Processing Industries, Panchayati Raj, Science &


Technology, Rural Development,

Environment &

Forest, Textiles, Development of North Eastern


Region

(DONER),

Micro,

Small

and

Medium

Enterprises.
Member (Agriculture), Planning Commission

Member

Secretaries - Ministry/Department of Agriculture &

Members

Cooperation, Commerce, AYUSH, Finance, Food


Processing
Development,

Industries,

Panchayati

Environment

&

Raj,

Forest,

Rural
Textiles,

DONER, Bio-Technology, Micro, Small and Medium


Enterprises
Chairperson, NABARD

Member

Director General, ICAR

Member

Additional Secretary (I/C of Horticulture, DAC)


Managing Director, NHB
Chairman, CDB
Horticulture Commissioner
Deputy Director General (I/C Bamboo)
Adviser (Horticulture)

Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member

Joint Secretary( I/C NMSA)

:
:
:
:
:

Member

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Growers

representatives

Confederation

of

Indian

&

Experts

Horticulture

from

Members

(CIH),

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce &


Industry (FICCI),etc., (14 Members)
Joint Secretary, DAC & Mission Director
4.2.

: Member Secretary

GC will be the formulation body giving overall direction and guidance to

Mission, monitor and review its progress and performance. Without affecting the
approved programmes, cost norms and pattern of assistance as approved by
CCEA, GC will be empowered to lay down and amend operational guidelines.
GC will meet at least twice a year. Tenure of non official members of GC will be
for three years from the date of nomination.
b)

Executive Committee:

4.3.

Executive Committee (EC), headed by Secretary, Department of

Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC), will oversee activities of the Mission and
approve Action Plans of SHMs and NLAs. The EC will comprise of the following:
Secretary (A&C)
Secretaries

Ministry/Department

of

Commerce,

Chairperson

Members

Members

AYUSH, Food Processing Industries, Panchayati Raj,


Rural Development, M/o DONER, Bio-Technology,
Environment & Forests; Principal Adviser, Planning
Commission
Institutions Director General, ICAR; Director General
ICFRE, Director General, CSIR; Chairperson, NABARD;
Additional Secretary (In charge of Horticulture, DAC);
Additional Secretary & FA, DAC; Joint Secretary(Plant
Protection), Joint Secretary(I/C NMSA). Horticulture
Commissioner; Adviser (Horticulture); Deputy Director
General (I/C Bamboo). Chairman, APEDA; Managing
Director, NHB; Managing Director, NCDC; Managing

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Director, Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium,
Chief Executive Officer, National Medicinal Plants
Board; Chairman, CDB; Agriculture Marketing Advisor,
DAC;

Joint

Plasticulture

Secretary,

National

Applications

in

Committee
Agriculture

on
&

Horticulture(NCPAAH) ; CEO (NCCD).


Three Experts (Production, Post Harvest Management

Members

Member Secretary

and Marketing)
Joint Secretary, DAC & Mission Director

4.4.

EC is empowered to reallocate resources across States and components

and approve projects on the basis of approved subsidy norms. EC is also


empowered to approve special interventions for tackling emergent/unforeseen
requirements.

EC can also constitute Empowered Monitoring Committee

(EMC)/Sub-Committee (SC) and delegate powers to EMC/ SC/Mission Director,


as well as to State Governments / State Horticulture Missions / State Bamboo
Development Agencies (SBDA) for approving projects in accordance with
approved cost norms and pattern of assistance. Tenure of the experts will be for
three years from the date of nomination.
4.5.

Horticulture Division in DAC will provide the necessary support to

GC/EC/EMC and will administer NHM, HMNEH, NBM and CIH Scheme.
Managing Director (NHB) will oversee the programmes of NHB while Chairman,
CDB will oversee the CDB programmes. The existing structure of the Boards
and Missions will be maintained to provide general direction for these
programmes.

EC/EMC will ensure smooth functional linkages among different

agencies and meet as frequently, as required.

(II)

State Level

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State Level Executive Committee
4.6.

For NHM, HMNEH and NBM, State Level Executive Committee(s) (SLEC)

under Chairmanship of Agricultural Production Commissioner or Principal


Secretary Horticulture/Agriculture/Environment & Forests, (in the absence of
APC) having representatives from other concerned Departments of State
Government including Forests, the State Agricultural Universities (SAU),
Institutes under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Growers
Associations/FPOs, etc will oversee the implementation of programmes of the
respective States. Central Government will nominate its representative to the
SLEC. State Mission Director NHM, HMNEH and NBM will be Member Secretary
of the concerned SLEC.

At operational level, State Governments will have

freedom to establish State Horticulture Mission (SHM) and/ or SBDA as a


suitable autonomous agency, to be registered under Societies Registration Act
for implementing Mission programmes at State and District levels. Panchayati
Raj Institutions (PRI) existing in the State will be involved in the implementation
of the programme.
4.7.

State and sub-state level structures will be established keeping in view the

specific requirement of the states.

Formation of Farmer Groups/ Cooperatives

of farmers and their tie-up with Financial Institutions and Market Aggregators
would be encouraged.
4.8.

State level agency will have the following functions:


a) Prepare Strategic/Perspective and annual State Level Action Plan in
consonance with Missions goals and objectives and in close coordination with Technical Support Group, SAUs and ICAR institutes and
oversee its implementation;
b) Clear project based proposals requiring approval of EC/EMC and
approve projects within power vested.
c) Organize base-line survey and feasibility studies for distinct
areas/clusters (District, sub-District, or a group of Districts) to determine

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status of horticultural/bamboo production, potential and demand, and
tailor assistance accordingly. Similar studies would also be undertaken
for other components of the programme;
d) Receive funds from National Mission Authority, State Government and
other sources for carrying on Missions activities, maintain proper
accounts thereof and submit utilization certificate to concerned agencies;
e) Review the progress of formation of FPOs/FPCs to achieve economies
of scale and scope and mobilize credit requirement of farmers through
FIs;
f) Release funds to implementing organizations and oversee, monitor &
review implementation of the programmes;
g) Assist and oversee implementation of schematic activities in the states
through farmers, societies, grower associations, self-help groups, state
institutions and other similar entities;
h) Organize workshops, seminars and training programmes for all interest
groups/associations at state level, with the help of SAUs, ICAR
Institutes, KVKs and other institutions having technical expertise;
i) Furnish monthly progress reports to DAC and also upload the same by
5th of each month, on the Missions web sites (www.nhm.nic.in),
(www.tmne.gov.in), (www.nbm.nic.in ). Uploading of progress reports
would be done both at the district and state level, and
j) Operationalize Information Communication Technology (ICT) enabled
Management Information System (MIS) up to grass root level through
Hortnet. Each State will develop and host its own web site.
(III)

District Level

4.9.

At District level, District Mission Committee (DMC) will be responsible for

carrying forward the objectives of the Mission for project formulation,


implementation and monitoring. The DMC may be headed by the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of Zila Parishad/CEO of District Rural Development Agency
(DRDA)/CEO of Forest Development Agencies (FDA)/ District Development
Officer, having as members, representatives from concerned line Departments,

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growers associations, Marketing Boards, local banks, Self Help Groups and
other Non-Governmental organizations. In the case of HMNEH States, Deputy
Commissioner/ District Collector could function as Chairman of DMC. District
Horticulture Officer/District Agriculture Officer will be Member Secretary of DMC.
(IV)

Panchayati Raj Institutions

4.10. District Planning Committee and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) will be
involved in implementing the programme commensurate with their expertise and
available infrastructure. They will have a role in implementation of MIDH with
regard to:a)

Identification

of

crops/species

and

beneficiaries

in

consultation with District Panchyats.


b)

Training, Extension and Awareness creation through


Panchayats and Gram Sabhas (GS).

c)

Organization of PRI and GS meetings and giving feed back


to the concerned officials with regard to implementation of MIDH.

4.11. Activity mapping with regard to devolution of Funds, Functions and


Functionaries is given at Annexure I.
(V)

Technical Support Group (TSG)

4.12. The Mission will have a strong technical component and domain experts
will be salient to the management of the Mission. As per extant practice, NHM
and NBM will be supported by NHB and HMNEH and VIUC by SFAC. For post
harvest management and cold chain projects across NHM and HMNEH,
technical support will be provided by NCCD. Service providers could also be
engaged for providing technical services in accordance with Terms of Reference
laid for the purpose and approved by EC. Horticulture Commissioner/DDG (I/C),
DAC will advise the TSGs on all issues relating to planting material, area
expansion, rejuvenation, canopy management, INM/IPM and organic farming.
TSG would comprise personnel at different levels, who will provide technical

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services and their honorarium will be commensurate with their qualifications and
experience. Fresh graduates having knowledge in horticulture and agro-forestry,
computer professionals, MBA graduates and young professionals could also be a
part of TSG.
4.13. TSG will have the following role and functions:
a)

Visit States regularly and provide guidance in organizational and technical


matters.

b)

Compile material for conduct of regional workshops in respect of different


horticulture/bamboo crops and different aspects viz. production, postharvest management, processing, marketing etc. They will also prepare
Annual

Calendar

for

capacity

building,

promotional

events,

workshops/seminars on different subjects in different regions of the


country in consultation with (SHMs)/SBDAs.
c)

Conduct studies on different aspects of horticulture/bamboo in all regions.

d)

Document and disseminate case studies of success stories.

e)

Assist States in capacity building programmes.

f)

Provide monthly feed-back reports.

4.14. State Missions can also set up State level TSG on the pattern of national
level TSG for project formulation, appraisal and concurrent monitoring. State
Missions will have freedom to hire consultants for providing technical support at
State as well as District level and for this purpose, funds will be provided from
States TSG component. For NBM, zone wise Bamboo Technical Support Groups
(BTSG) are to be formed. These BTSGs will have to submit their Annual Action
Plans to NBM Cell. Broad function of BTSGs will be same as of TSGs. The
BTSG will be housed at the National/Regional level institutions located in
different regions, which will have flexible norms for recruiting professionals on
contract.

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4.15. Indicative composition of TSG at National, State and District level is given
in AnnexureII.
4.16. Delegation of powers for approving projects by EC, EMC, Mission Director
and SLEC is given in Annexure-III.

5.

PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL AND IMPLEMENTATION

Strategy and Roadmap


5.1 States will prepare the existing perspective/strategic plan and road map for
overall development of horticulture crops including Bamboo in respective state,
duly projecting the targets to be achieved during the XII Plan period. This will
form the basis for preparing Annual Action Plan (AAP). The Strategy & Road Map
formulated by States should invariably contain information on geography &
climate, potential of horticulture/bamboo development, availability of land, SWOC
analysis, strategy for development and plan of action proposed to be taken to
achieve goals in each district of the State. The document should focus on crops
having comparative advantage and natural potential for development in the
State, adoption of cluster approach for production and linking with available
infrastructure, or to be created, for post harvest management, processing,
marketing and export. While selecting the cluster, preference should be given to
those areas where natural resource base and water resources have been
developed under watershed development programmes, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas
Yojana (RKVY), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
Scheme (MNREGS), etc. Priority should be given for development of such crops,
which are required to meet current and future demands.
Annual Action Plan
5.2 In this context, AAP needs to be supported with data/write up on outcome of
past interventions covering the details of area expansion (variety/species
introduced, increase in productivity achieved and number of clusters created),
water resource development as per felt need of the State (amount of irrigation

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potential created, whether linked with micro irrigation, maintenance etc), INM/IPM
(including requisite infrastructure created and how these are being utilized for
benefit of farmers) and organic farming. Area expansion should be determined
based on availability of planting material and a seed/planting material sub-plan
shall be prepared separately as part of AAP.
5.3 Ministry of Agriculture will communicate the tentative outlay for the year to
each State / NLA, which in turn will indicate sector-wise/district-wise allocation.
Agencies at District level will prepare AAP keeping in view their priority and
potential and submit the plan to State Horticulture/Bamboo Mission within the
allocated sum. The States may engage TSG/Consultancy services for
preparation of Perspective/Strategic/Annual Action Plans. State Horticulture/
Bamboo Mission in turn will prepare a consolidated proposal for State as a
whole, get it vetted by the respective State Level Executive Committee (SLEC)
and furnish the same, including copy in electronic format, to Ministry of
Agriculture (MoA) for consideration by National Level Executive Committee (EC).
All issues relating to horticultural/Bamboo development, covering production,
post harvest management and marketing will be covered by SHMs/SBDAs.
Formats for submission of Annual Action Plan to DAC are specified in Annexure
IV (a) & (b).
5.4 While finalizing the AAPs, due attention will be paid for earmarking specific
targets for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and women beneficiaries. As an
inbuilt provision under MIDH scheme, higher rates of subsidy have been
envisaged for taking up activities like creation of infrastructure for post harvest
management and marketing of horticulture produce along with area expansion by
beneficiaries in the North Eastern States, Himalayan States, Tribal Sub Plan
areas, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.
6.

FUND FLOW MECHANISM

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6.1.

Flow of funds and the utilization by the Implementing Agencies / SHMs /

SBDA/ NLAs / PRIs etc from Government of India and utilization of funds shall be
governed by extant financial norms. Funds will be released to the State
Governments. State Government will release funds to the SHMs / State Level
Implementing Agencies, who in turn would make funds available to DMC/ District
Implementing Agency.

As far as possible, efforts to make on-line payment to all

Implementing Agencies would be ensured, which in turn will make arrangements


for making payment to beneficiaries through electronic transfer, preferably to their
respective bank accounts. Flow chart for release of funds under MIDH is given
below:

85%

State Govt., NHM


States +15% to
SHM States
State Govt.,
HMNEH StatesSHM

100%

DAC/HQ Centre

100%

DMC/Districts

HMNEH
Districts

NLA

Beneficiaries

NBM States

FDA/BDA

NHB

Beneficiaries

CDB

Beneficiaries

CIH

Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries

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6.2

Implementing agencies would be required to undertake activities within the

funds released by the GOI and corresponding state share in respect of NHM. No
claims of pending liabilities relating to expenditure over and above released
funds will be entertained by DAC.

7.

MISSION INTERVENTIONS

7.1.

The Mission will be demand and need based in each segment. Technology

will play an important role in different interventions. Technologies such as


Information Communication Technology (ICT), Remote Sensing and Geographic
Information System will be widely used for planning and monitoring purposes
including identification of sites for creating infrastructure facilities for post harvest
management, markets and production forecasts.

7.2.

The interventions envisaged for achieving desired goals would be varied

and regionally differentiated with focus on potential crops to be developed in


clusters by deploying modern and hi-tech interventions, duly ensuring backward
and forward linkages. Revised cost norms and pattern of assistance, as given in
Annexure-V to VIII, will be adopted. Detailed guidelines in respect of NHB, CDB
and CIH schemes, including modalities of approval of projects will be issued
separately for effective implementation of these schemes.

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Key Elements of MIDH


Base line survey (Format at Annexure-IV)
Involvement of PRI (para 4.10)
Area based Annual and Perspective Plans (Para 3 & 5.1).
Applied Research with focus on Region (HMNEH) and crop (Para 7.3)
Demand driven production based on cluster approach (Para 7.4).
Availability of quality seeds and planting material (Para 7.5).
Technology driven programmes to improve productivity and quality, e.g.
o

Introduction of improved varieties.

Rejuvenation with improved cultivars.

High Density Plantations.

Use of Plastics.

Bee-keeping for crop pollination (Para 7.41)

Capacity building of farmers and personnel (Para 7.33).

Mechanization (Para 7.43)

Demonstration of latest technologies (Para 7.44, 7.32)

Post Harvest Management and cold chain (Para 7.46)

Marketing infrastructure development (Para 7.53).

FIGs/FPCs/FPOs (Para 8.4)

Data base generation, compilation and analysis (Para 8.5).

Technical Support by NLAs (Para 9)

Research & Development (R & D)

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7.3.

Programmes on horticulture and bamboo R & D will be based on applied

research in the areas of (i) Seed & Planting material, including import of planting
material, (ii) Technology standardization, (iii) Technology acquisition and (iv)
imparting training & Front Line Demonstration in a project mode. While R&D on
horticulture crops will be confined to NE & Himalayan states, R&D on Bamboo
will be on pan India basis. Research Institutes under Indian Council of
Agricultural Research (ICAR), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR),
Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) and its institutes, State
Forest Research Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and other Research
institutes/organizations in the Public sector will be eligible for assistance in R&D.
Project proposals, in this regard, will be submitted through the State Horticulture
Mission/ State Horticulture Department. In case of Bamboo R & D projects are to
be submitted to NBM directly and research programme should be guided by the
Working Group on R & D. Projects will be approved by the EC/EMC.

Production and Productivity Improvement


7.4.

The Mission will focus primarily on increasing both production and

productivity through adoption of improved and appropriate technologies for


ensuring quality, including genetic upgradation of all horticultural crops and
addressing challenges of climate change. Special emphasis will also be given for
adoption of area based cluster approach towards developing regionally
differentiated crops, which are agro-climatically most suitable for the State/region.
Cluster approach will also help in aggregation of farmers into FPOs/FPCs.
Availability of good quality planting material will receive focused attention. Efforts
will also be made to establish and upgrade nurseries and TC Units. This will be
supplemented through plantation development programmes through addition of
new areas under improved varieties to meet market demand. Planting material
of seed origin for fruit crops which can be vegetatively propagated will not
qualify for subsidy assistance.
Production & Distribution of Planting Material

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Nurseries
7.5.

Production and distribution of good quality seeds and planting material will

receive top priority.

States will have a network of nurseries for producing

planting material, which were established through Central or State assistance. To


meet the requirement of planting material (for bringing additional area under
improved varieties of horticultural crops and for rejuvenation programme for
old/senile plantations), assistance will be provided for setting up new hi-tech
nurseries and small nurseries under the Public as well as Private sector. Hi-tech
nurseries will have an area between 1 to 4 ha with a capacity to produce 50,000
plants per ha of mandated perennial fruit crops / tree spices / aromatic trees /
plantation crops per year. The plants produced will be duly certified for their
quality. In case of bamboo, the size of the Hi- Tech nursery will be restricted to 2
ha. The support includes:
(i)

Proper fencing.

(ii)

Scion / Mother block of improved varieties.

(iii)

Root stock block (Rhizome bank in case of bamboo).

(iv)

Net house

(v)

Irrigation facilities

(vi)

Hi-tech green house having insect proof netting on sides and fogging
and misting systems.

(vii)

Hardening/maintenance in insect proof net house with light screening


properties and sprinkler irrigation system.

(viii)

Pump house to provide sufficient irrigation to the plants and water


storage tank to meet at least 2 days requirement.

(ix)
7.6.

Soil solarization - steam sterilization system with boilers.


Small nurseries with an area of upto 1.00 ha, will have provision for

naturally ventilated green houses and net houses. Small nurseries will produce
25,000 plants of the mandated perennial vegetatively propagated fruit plants /
tree spices / plantation crops aromatic plants per year, duly certified for its quality.

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7.7.

Nurseries will also be regulated under legislation in force relating to seeds

and planting material. Efforts will be made to establish nurseries at production


cluster itself.

7.8.

Nurseries will be encouraged to go in for accreditation. Planting material

for MIDH will be procured only from accredited nurseries. The AAP would have
area expansion target only upto the level of availability of good quality planting
material from accredited nurseries. SHM will also ensure that all nurseries set up
under MIDH are accredited within period of eighteen months through designated
agencies like National Horticulture Board, State Agricultural Universities, ICAR
institutes etc.
7.9.

Nurseries in the Public and Private sector can avail assistance to

upgrade nursery infrastructure to meet accreditation norms. Moreover, NHB will


take up projects for setting up mother block and root stock nursery, as well as
nursery accreditation with 100% assistance to public sector as per norms given
in Annexure VII.
7.10. CDB will arrange production and distribution of quality planting material for
coconut through Demonstration cum seed production farms, Regional Nurseries
and Nucleus coconut seed farm, as per norms given in Annexure VIII.
7.11. The support to Bamboo nurseries will be provided as per norms at
Annexure-VI.
Tissue Culture Units
7.12. New Tissue Culture (TC) units will be established and assistance will be
provided for rehabilitation/ strengthening of existing TC Units. New TC units will
produce 25 lakh plants of the mandated crop for which protocols are available for

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commercial use, except Date palm. In the event of production of lesser number
of plants, cost of lab will be reduced on a pro rata basis ( subject to its viability).
New TC unit projects for public sector will be sanctioned to only those agencies,
which have requisite technical manpower.

No recurring expenditure for the

manpower and contingencies will be borne under MIDH. Each TC unit would get
itself accredited as per standards and norms of Department of Bio Technology
within eighteen months from the date of receiving funds, failing which the
assistance provided under the scheme will have to be returned.
Vegetable Seed Production
7.13. Estimated cost of vegetable seed production is Rs. 35,000 per ha for open
pollinated crops and Rs. 1.50 lakh per ha for hybrid vegetable seeds.
Assistance will be provided @ 100% of total cost to public sector. In the case of
Private sector, assistance will be 50% of cost as credit linked back ended
subsidy.

Assistance will be available for a maximum area of 5 ha @ per

beneficiary.
7.14. Production of disease-free vegetable seedlings will be encouraged for
hybrid cultivars. Wherever necessary, plug technology and environment control
for germination, growth and hardening of vegetable seedlings may be introduced.
The infrastructure facilities will include a green house with maximum area of
10,000 sq. meter, including hardening facilities, designed for tropical conditions,
with insect netting on sides and rolling poly sheets. The plants will be propagated
in plastic trays having small plugs of varying sizes for different crops. Sprinkler
irrigation system will be installed. The infrastructure for media sterilization i.e.
steam boiler, holding bins, etc will also be provided. Total cost will not exceed
Rs. 104.00 lakh for a unit with one ha or Rs. 1040 per sq.m. Assistance will be
100% of cost to Public sector and 50% as credit linked back ended subsidy to
Private sector.

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Import of Planting Material
7.15. With a view to procuring best quality planting material of latest varieties of
horticultural crops, a component of providing assistance for meeting cost of
planting material imported from abroad has been included. For this, assistance
will be provided @ 100% of cost to State Government/ PSUs, under NHM,
HMNEH and NHB sub schemes of MIDH.
7.16. The State Horticulture Mission/State Bamboo Development Agency will
ensure timely availability of good quality seeds and planting material to farmers.
DOs & DONTs WITH REGARD TO PLANTING MATERIAL
DOs
i. Make a variety wise assessment of requirement and availability.
ii. Nurseries to have mother blocks and required infrastructure.
iii. Planting material should be checked and certified for its quality.
iv. Disease-free material to be supplied to farmers through accredited
nurseries.
v. Nurseries established under MIDH to be accredited within one year.
DONTs
i. Use planting material of seedling origin for perennial fruit
crops.
ii. Transport planting material over long distances.

Seed Infrastructure
7.17. To facilitate proper handling, storage and packaging of seeds, assistance
will be provided for creating infrastructure like drying platforms, storage bins,
packaging unit and related equipments. Public sector will receive 100%
assistance, while assistance to Private sector will be credit linked back ended
subsidy @ 50% of cost norms.

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Establishment of New Gardens
7.18. The Mission envisages coverage of area under improved varieties of
horticultural crops. Norms for area expansion of fruits, vegetables, plantation
crops and other crops including flowers, spices and aromatic plants are also
given in Annexure-V. Area expansion will be done in conjunction with Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) under
which cost on labour component of work such as digging, fencing etc could be
met with. Details of assistance for bringing new areas by NBM,CDB scheme are
given in Annexure-VI and Annexure VIII respectively.

NHB will take up

commercial horticulture development in open field condition on project mode as


per norms given in Annexure VII. Cost of raising new plantations will, however,
vary from crop to crop which will be taken into consideration while providing
assistance to the beneficiary. Indicative unit cost of area expansion of selected
fruit crops is given in Appendix I.

DOs & DON'Ts WITH REGARD TO NEW GARDENS


DOs
i.
ii.
iii.
iv.
v.

Focus on high yielding varieties for productivity enhancement.


Planting material to be sourced from accredited nurseries.
New areas to be taken up in identified clusters of mandated crop.
Micro Irrigation to be integrated for better survival.
Payment to be released to the beneficiary as per norms prescribed.

DON'Ts
i. Take up new gardens in isolated patches in less than 10 ha. blocks.

Mushroom Production
7.19. In case of mushroom, assistance will be provided for setting up of
individual mushroom production, spawn production and compost making units,
as per the details given in Annexure V.

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Rejuvenation / Replacement of senile plantations / canopy management
7.20. Rejuvenation programme will address orchards and plantations which
have low productivity. It will be implemented through individual farmers, farmers
cooperatives,

Self-Help

Groups,

growers

associations

and

commodity

organizations. Assistance for rejuvenating/replanting senile plantations will be @


50% of the cost limited to 2 ha per beneficiary (Annexure V). Assistance will be
available only in respect of rejuvenating/replanting senile and unproductive
plantations through proven technologies. However, assistance will depend on the
nature and requirement of particular crop. Canopy management will address
maintenance of tree architecture as a means for productivity enhancement,
particularly for fruit crops and high density plantations. In case of seedling origin,
uneconomical orchards will be considered for replanting with improved varieties.
7.21. In the case of bamboo, improvement of existing stock in non forest areas
will be taken up as per norms given in Annexure VI.
7.22. Similarly, in the case of coconut, replanting and rejuvenation of old norms
coconut gardens will be taken up as per norms given in Annexure VIII.
Creation of Water Sources
7.23. Under the Mission, assistance will be provided for creating water sources
through construction of community tanks, farm ponds/reservoirs with plastic /
RCC lining to ensure life saving irrigation to horticulture crops (Annexure V and
Annexure VI). This will be in conjunction with MNREGS and wherever possible
adequate convergence has to be ensured. These water bodies may be linked
with Micro Irrigation facility for judicious use of water. Assistance under NHM will
be limited to cost of plastic / RCC lining. Lining material should conform to BIS
standards. However, where MGNREGS assistance is not available, 100%

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assistance, including the cost of plastic / RCC lining will be provided.
Maintenance of the water source will be the responsibility of the community.
7.24. Assistance would also be provided for creating water source through
construction of farm ponds/tube wells / dug wells for individuals. For smaller size
of the ponds/ tube wells / dug wells, cost will be admissible on pro rata basis
depending upon the command area.

This will also be in conjunction with

MGNREGS. However, for non MGNREGS beneficiaries, assistance @ 50% of


cost will be provided including the cost of plastic / RCC lining. Lining material
should conform to BIS standards. Maintenance of the asset will be the
responsibility of beneficiary.
Protected Cultivation
7.25. Activities like construction of green houses, shade net house, plastic
mulching, and plastic tunnels, anti bird/ hail nets would be promoted under the
Mission (Annexure V). NHB will implement projects having area above 2500 sq.
m (Annexure VII).

Provision has been made for selecting a variety of

construction material for green houses and shade net houses. The cost is
inclusive of irrigation systems. Preference will be given to using locally available
material to minimize cost of construction of such structures. However, for
availing/ subsidy assistance, all material/ technologies should conform to BIS
standards.
Precision Farming Development and Extension through PFDCs
7.26. Existing Precision Farming Development Centres (PFDC) will be involved
to develop regionally differentiated technologies for their validation and
dissemination. Twenty two PFDCs are anchored in SAUs, ICAR Institute and IIT,
Kharagpur. On account of their experience in conducting applied research on
plasticulture application, they have expertise in terms of manpower and

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equipment. PFDCs will be equipped with necessary hardware and software
needed for generating information on precision farming techniques on the
farmers field. The ultimate goal is to provide requisite information to farmers so
that they are in a position to apply necessary inputs. Other organisations like
ICAR Institutes and Institutes in Private sector will also be involved in technology
development. For this purpose financial assistance would be provided to PFDCs
from MIDH on project basis through the SHMs. PFDCs will take up the activities
such as trials, demonstrations for plasticulture and precision
technologies

farming

for horticulture crops, survey to ascertain field adoption of the

technology, training of farmers/officials, display centre, publicity etc. PFDCs will


submit annual plan for their activity to SHM with a copy to NCPAAH, well in
advance.
Promotion of Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and Integrated Pest
Management (IPM)
7.27. Assistance for Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) measures will be provided for horticultural crops as well as
bamboo, as indicated in Annexure-V and Annexure-VI respectively. Assistance
will also be available for developing facilities like Disease Forecasting Units
(DFUs), Bio Control Labs, Plant Health Clinics and Leaf/Tissue Analysis labs,
both under Public and Private sector except for DFUs, which will be only in Public
sector. It will be the responsibility of the beneficiary to get the bio control agents
registered for commercial sale.
7.28. Under INM component, subsidy can be availed for use of liquid
biofertilizers of N, P and K such as Rhizobium/Azospirillum/Azotobactor,
Phospahte Solubilising Bacteria (PSB) and Potash Mobilizing Bacteria (KMB), to
be applied in combination, in demonstration and other programmes, for which
total assistance will be limited to 50% of cost, or Rs. 300.00 per ha., for a
maximum area of four ha per beneficiary.

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Organic Farming
7.29. Organic farming in horticulture will be promoted to harness environmental
and economic benefits by way of adoption of organic farming techniques along
with its certification.
7.30. For adopting organic farming for perennial and non perennial fruit crops,
vegetables, aromatic plants, spices etc., additional assistance will be given @
50% of cost over and above the area expansion programme for a maximum area
of 4 ha per beneficiary, spread over a period of three years.

For organic

cultivation of vegetables, assistance will be limited to Rs. 10,000/- per ha spread


over a period of three years. Assistance will be used for generating on-farm
inputs. NHM will also provide financial assistance for establishing vermi compost
units

and

HDPE

vermibeds

@ 50% of cost subject to a maximum

of Rs. 30,000 per beneficiary for a unit having size of 30 x 8 x 2.5. For smaller
units, assistance will be on prorata basis. For HDPE Vermibed of 96 cft size
(12x4x2), the cost will be Rs. 10,000/ per bed and assistance will be limited to
50% of cost. Specification and design parameters of Agro Textiles - HDPE woven
beds for vermiculture will conform to BIS standards (IS 15907:2010).

Organic

certification will be guided by service providers and certification agencies


accredited by APEDA.
DOs & DON'Ts WITH REGARD TO ORGANIC FARMING
DOs
i.

Only take up such crops which command a premium.

ii.

Ensure market linkages for the organic produce

iii.

Organic certification by accredited agencies to be ensured.

DON'Ts
i.
Take up organic farming in isolated patches.
ii.

Limit interventions to procurement and supply of organic inputs.

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Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)
7.31. GAP certification has been introduced to encourage farmers to adopt good
agricultural practices in line with global GAP, so that farmers are able to get
better price for their produce in domestic as well as international market.
Assistance for this purpose will be @ 50% of cost for maximum area of four ha
per beneficiary (Annexure V). Certification agencies to be involved for this will be
as per list approved by APEDA.
Centre of Excellence for Horticulture
7.32. Centres of Excellence may be established for different horticultural
products which will serve as demonstration and training centres as well as source
of planting material and vegetable seedlings under protected cultivation.
Human Resource Development (HRD) in Horticulture
7.33. Under HRD programme, training of farmers, entrepreneurs, field level
workers and officers will be taken up.

Programme for providing appropriate

training to farmers for adoption of high yielding varieties of crops and farming
system will be taken up at state level and outside the state. Programme for
training of officials concerned with implementation field level workers who will in
turn train/guide farmers will also be taken up (Annexure V & Annexure VI).
7.34. Assistance for organizing training courses for Supervisors, Entrepreneurs,
Gardeners and Field Functionaries will be continued during XII Plan.
7.35. Training programme for Supervisors, Entrepreneurs will be organised
through selected State Agricultural Universities (SAU), ICAR Institutes, Deemed
Universities/Private Universities recognized by UGC having faculty in horticulture
and Gardeners training through Krishi Vigyan Kendras and SAUs/ Deemed

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Universities/Private Universities recognized by UGC recognized by UGC having
faculty in horticulture, while departmental staff will be trained under various ongoing
training programmes. Training expenses will be met by the Mission.
7.36. Minimum

qualification

for

Supervisory

&

Entrepreneurs

training

programme would be Higher Secondary and for Gardeners it would be Class-VIII


(Middle) standard.
7.37. Institutions identified for training should have minimum infrastructure
facilities including class rooms, staff, hostel facilities etc.
7.38. The courses will be of one year duration for Supervisors and of six months
for Gardeners and of three months for Entrepreneurs. In order to attract the
candidates and more importantly retain them and prevent their drop out, a
monthly stipend will be provided in form of boarding & lodging charges.

These

courses will be residential. At the end of the training, Supervisors will be awarded
a Diploma in horticulture, while Gardeners and Entrepreneurs will be awarded a
Certificate of training in horticulture. At least 25 Supervisors, 50 Gardeners and
25 Entrepreneurs will be trained in each participating institution annually.
7.39. In case States wish to organize specialized training courses on horticulture
related subjects, assistance will be provided for the same to concerned Institutes
directly, based on recommendation of concerned State (s). Such training would
generally be of short duration of 7 - 10 days for 20 to 25 participants.
7.40. Trainers, who are required to train others, can be deputed abroad for
training, for which assistance would be made available for meeting the travel cost
and course fee.

Concerned State Departments of Horticulture/Agriculture/SHM

function as nodal agency for this purpose.

Funds will be made available to

SHMs for meeting expenses of candidates involved in implementation of Mission


programmes based on their specific proposal.

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Pollination Support through Bee-keeping
7.41. In order to maximize agricultural production, honey-bee can be used as an
important input. The responsibility of coordinating the bee-keeping development
programme in State will be vested in the identified State Designated Agency
(SDA) or any institution/society having capability. National Bee Board (NBB) will
be responsible for coordinating beekeeping activity in states.
7.42. Assistance will be available for activities on development of nucleus stock
of honey bees, bee breeding, distribution of honey bee colonies hives and bee
keeping equipments (Annexure V).
Horticulture Mechanization
7.43. Horticulture mechanization is aimed to improve farm efficiency and reduce
drudgery of farm work force. Assistance in this regard will be provided for
activities such as procurement of power operated machines & tools, besides
import

of

new

machines

(Annexure

V).

Assistance

for

horticulture

mechanization will also be available to such grower associations, farmer groups,


Self Help Groups, women farmer groups having at least 10 members, who are
engaged in cultivation of horticultural crops, provided balance 60% of the cost of
machines and tools is borne by such groups. SHM will enter in to MoU with such
association/groups to ensure proper upkeep, running and maintenance of the
machines and tools.
Technology
Dissemination
demonstration

through

demonstrations/

Front

line

7.44. Latest technologies will be promoted on crop specific cultivation, use of


IPM/INM, protected cultivation, organic farming through farmer participatory
demonstration in a compact area of one ha, which will be organized at strategic
locations in farmers field for which assistance will be limited to 75% of cost. For

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green house cultivation, area will be limited to 500 sq. meter. Farms in public
sector, SAUs, Deemed Universities having faculty in horticulture, could be sites
for Front Line Demonstrations, for which 100% assistance will be provided, and
maximum assistance will not exceed Rs. 25 lakh per project.
7.45. Demonstration on bamboo will be taken up as per norms indicated in
Annexure VI and on coconut as per norms given in Annexure VIII.
Integrated Post Harvest Management
7.46. Under post-harvest management, including that for Medicinal plants,
activities like handling, grading, pre-conditioning, packaging, transient storage,
transportation, distribution, curing and ripening and where possible long term
storage can be taken up. Existing schemes of the Directorate of Marketing and
Inspection (DMI) and National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)
will be leveraged to the extent possible. MIDH would include projects relating to
establishment of pre-cooling units, on-farm pack houses, mobile pre-cooling
units, staging cold rooms, cold storage units with and without controlled
atmosphere capability, integrated cold chain system, supply of refrigerated vans,
refrigerated containers, primary/mobile processing units, ripening chambers,
evaporative/low energy cool chambers, preservation units, onion storage units
and zero energy cool chambers. These projects will be entrepreneur driven and
provided credit linked back-ended subsidy. PSUs/Government agencies/
Cooperatives/growers association recognized/registered by the DMCs, having at
least 25 members, will also be entitled to avail assistance for such activities.
They may avail back ended subsidy without credit link, subject to condition that
they are able to meet their share of the project cost.

Cold Chain Infrastructure

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7.47. Assistance for setting up of new cold storage infrastructure will be
available only to multi-chamber cold storage units with technologies which are
energy efficient with provision for thermal insulation, humidity control, advanced
cooling systems, automation, etc., having specifications and standards approved
by the Ministry. While Cold storages (Long term storage and distribution hubs)
upto 5000 MT capacity will be promoted under NHM/HMNEH sub-schemes
(Annexure V), capacity above 5000 MT upto 10000 MT will be promoted under
NHB sub-scheme (Annexure VII).In this context, for cold storages, 3.4 cubic
metres (cum.) (120 cubic feet (cft.)) of chamber volume shall be considered
equivalent to one MT of storage capacity. Similarly, for refrigerated transport, 3
cum (106 cft) of chamber volume shall be equivalent to one MT of storage
capacity and for ripening chambers, 11 cum of chamber volume shall be
equivalent to one MT of storage capacity. Assistance for pre-cooling unit will be
linked to pack-houses and cold rooms (staging). Similarly assistance for staging
cold room will be linked to existing & new pre-coolers.
7.48. Extant specifications standards and protocols on cold storage and coldchain components will be adhered to while approving cold storage projects.
Revisions to technical standards and adherence protocols shall be updated by
National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD) as necessary when
improved technologies and efficiencies are introduced/understood/approved.
7.49. Assistance can also be availed for a combination of PHM infrastructure
components by a beneficiary, within the prescribed norms of individual items.
Assistance will be available to individuals, Group of farmers/growers/consumers,
Partnership/ Proprietary firms, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmers Producer
Organization (FPOs), Companies, Corporations, Cooperatives, Cooperative
Marketing Federations, Local bodies, Agricultural Produce Market Committees
(APMC) & Marketing Boards and State Governments.

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7.50. Assistance will also be available for taking up cold chain components so
as to integrate the activities into a single project, as a new component during XII
Plan.
7.51. In the case of bamboo, PHM will include post harvest storage and
treatment facilities for bamboo, as per norms given in Annexure VI.
7.52. Proposals on long distance transport solutions on project basis shall be
supported under NHB sub-scheme.
Creation of Market Infrastructure
7.53. Main objectives of providing assistance under this component are (a) to
encourage investments from private and cooperative sectors in the development
of marketing infrastructure for horticulture commodities (b) strengthen existing
horticulture markets including wholesale and rural markets; (c) focus on
promotion of grading, standardization and quality certification of horticulture
produce at farm/market level to enable farmers to realize better price; and (d)
create general awareness among farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and
market functionaries on market related agricultural practices.
7.54. Assistance under the Scheme will be provided as credit linked back ended
subsidy for setting up whole sale markets, rural markets/apni mandis and retail
markets. In case of Terminal markets, assistance will be provided in accordance
with approved norms, for which guidelines have been issued separately ,and
available on the NHM website. Assistance will also be provided for setting up
static / mobile vending cart/ platform with cool chamber. Assistance will also be
extended for setting up functional infrastructure as credit linked back ended
subsidy.
7.55.

Assistance for setting up markets will only be given to those States/UTs

which have amended their State Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee

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(APMC) Act and have also notified the amended rules there under to implement
the provisions for:
a) Setting up of new markets in private and cooperative sector;
b) Direct marketing (sourcing of horticulture produce directly from
growers by wholesalers/ bulk retailers/ processors/ exporters/ end
users). (If trade transaction of horticulture perishables takes place
outside the market-yard, no market fee should be levied)
c) Doing away with requirement of having a premises within the market
yard for grant of license.
d) Contract farming and.
d) Waiver of market fee on perishable horticulture produce.
7.56. Assistance

will

be

available

to

individuals,

Group

of

farmers/growers/consumers, Partnership/ Proprietary firms, Self Help Groups


(SHGs), Farmers Producer Organization (FPOs), Companies, Corporations,
Cooperatives, Cooperative Marketing Federations, Local bodies, Agricultural
Produce

Market

Committees

(APMC)

&

Marketing

Boards

and

State

Governments. Projects submitted by only those APMCs will be considered for


assistance, which do not levy market cess on horticulture produce.
7.57. Cost of land involved in infrastructure projects will be restricted to 15
percent of project cost in rural areas and 25 percent in urban areas. The
entrepreneur will not alienate land during period of loan for any purpose other
than the purpose for which project is sanctioned. A separate undertaking from
entrepreneur is required to be included in this regard in the DPR. Size of project
will be determined on basis of economic viability and commercial considerations;
7.58. Quality control / analysis lab has been included under the Mission wherein
assistance will be provided for setting up quality control labs having necessary
infrastructure and manpower facility to check quality of horticultural produce vis-vis international standards (Annexure V).

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7.59. In the case of bamboo, assistance will be extended for setting up Bamboo
Bazaars, Bamboo wholesale retail markets near villages and retail outlets as per
norms indicated in Annexure VI.
Processing & Value Addition
7.60. Processing of horticultural produce and value addition is an important
activity. While primary / minimal processing units will be promoted under NHM,
large scale processing units will be promoted by Ministry of Food Processing
Industries (MFPI), out of their ongoing Schemes. However, food processing units
in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand will be promoted
under HMNEH sub scheme as per norms indicted in Annexure V.
7.61. The NHB will take up projects on product promotion, market information
and market intelligence services for horticulture crops. CDB will take up similar
services for coconut.
Insurance schemes on coconut
7.62. The CDB will implement schemes on (i) Coconut Palm Insurance and (ii)
Kera Suraksha Insurance for the benefit of Coconut growers, as per norms given
in Annexure VIII.
7.63. The MIDH will encourage organization of farmers into FPOs/FPCs and
guidelines issued by Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) from time
to time for aggregation of FPOs will prevail.

8.

MISSION MANAGEMENT

Support to State Horticulture Mission/Implementing Agencies

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8.1.

For managing various activities of Mission at State & District Mission

offices and implementing agencies for administrative expenses, Consultants at


State & District level, project preparation, computerization, contingency etc, 5%
of

total

annual

expenditure

Missions/implementing

Agencies.

will

be

provided

State/implementing

to

State

agencies

Horticulture
will

make

provision for this in their Annual Action Plan.


8.2.

Separate provision will be available for awareness generation and

promotional programmes on horticulture, as per prescribed norms.


Institutional Strengthening
8.3.

Mission Head Quarter at National & State level and that of NHB and CDB

will be strengthened for database creation and collection, use of Information


Technology, development of software and procurement of hardware, hiring of
vehicle etc, for which funding will be made under TSG component of the Mission.
8.4.

Assistance will be available for strengthening / promoting Farmer Interest

Groups (FIG), Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) and Growers Associations


involved in development of Horticulture crops.
Horticulture Database
8.5.

Provision has been made for strengthening horticulture statistical

database, which will be implemented through active involvement of SHMs,


Directorate of Horticulture and Institutes like Indian Agricultural Statistical
Research Institute etc. on a project mode.

Institutions like IASRI will be

engaged as NLA for undertaking specific project on horticulture statistics.


Support to National Level Organizations for Infrastructure Development
8.6.

The MIDH, within the ambit of sub missions, shall provide funds to

National level organizations including cooperatives and FPOs for taking up


innovative projects in the area of horticulture development, post harvest
management, processing and marketing depending upon the soundness of its

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financial position and previous experience. Funding will be provided under the
relevant components of the Mission.

Collaboration with International Agencies


8.7.

Attempts will be made to collaborate with international agencies like FAO,

World Bank, Asian Development Bank and countries which have a developed
modern horticulture sector for taking up programmes for development of
horticulture. FAO has a Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) programme under which
there is provision to operate projects on mutually agreed terms and conditions.
Under collaborative programme, activities to be undertaken would include import
of planting material, hiring of International Domain Experts, organize study tours
and organize training programmes under aegis of MIDH. Funds for this purpose
will be earmarked in Annual Budget of Department of Agriculture and
Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (DAC), under TSG
component of the Mission. However for implementing project under bi-lateral
agreement or multi-lateral agency undertaking, programme funds shall be
utilized.
Evaluation & Other Studies
8.8.

Term end evaluation will be conducted at the end of the XII Plan.

Concurrent evaluation will also be carried out by engaging suitable agencies.


Assistance for such studies will be on project basis. The MIDH will commission
short term studies on various aspects of horticulture depending on need and
emerging requirements. Such studies will also be on project basis. Monitoring
Missions, comprising of experts will be sent to States from time to time by
National Mission, which will be organized through the TSG. States will also
conduct evaluation studies on project basis under State level TSG component.

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9.

ROLE OF NATIONAL LEVEL AGENCIES

9.1.

National Horticulture Board (NHB), Gurgaon

NHB will implement programmes as sub-scheme of MIDH (Annexure VII). NHB


will also house the national level TSG besides the TSG for NHM and NBM and
extend

administrative,

logistical

and

personnel

support

towards

the

implementation of NHM and NBM. Details about NHB are available on its web
site (www.nhb.gov.in).
9.2.

Coconut Development Board, Kochi

CDB will implement programmes as sub-scheme of MIDH (Annexure VIII).

It

will also house the TSG for coconut related programme. Details about CDB are
available on its web site (www.coconutboard.nic.in).
9.3.

Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC), New Delhi

Small Farmers Agri-business Consortium (SFAC) (www.sfacindia.com) will


provide necessary handholding with regard to the NE and Himalayan States. It
will be lead agency for the formation of of Farmers Associations/Groups and their
tie-up with financial institutions and market aggregators. It will also house the
TSG for HMNEH, CIH and VIUC schemes.
9.4.

Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development (DCCD), Kochi

DCCD (www.dccd.gov.in) will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and


monitoring activities relating to plantation crops, excluding coconut and arecanut
and will also be responsible for organizing National level training programmes,
seminars & workshops on cashew and cocoa on regular intervals (Annexure V).
9.5.

Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development (DASD), Calicut

DASD will be responsible for implementing, coordinating and monitoring the


activities on development of arecanut, spices, and aromatic plants and will be

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responsible for organizing National level training programmes, seminars and
workshops on Arecanut, spices and medicinal & aromatic plants on regular
intervals (Annexure V).

9.6.

National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Agriculture &


Horticulture (NCPAAH), New Delhi

NCPAH (www.ncpahindia.com) will be responsible for coordinating and


monitoring activities relating to micro irrigation, precision farming and hi-tech
horticulture implemented through SHMs and Precision Farming Development
Centres (PFDCs) (Annexure V).
9.7.

National Horticulture Research & Development Foundation, Nashik

National Horticulture Research & Development Foundation (NHRDF), Nashik


(www.nhrdf.com) will be responsible for implementing programmes relating to
development of vegetables including production and supply of quality seeds
(Annexure V).
9.8.

National Bee Board (NBB)

National Bee Board (NBB) (www.nhm.nic.in/nbb) will be responsible for providing


technical support as well as implementation of promotional programmes relating
to beekeeping (Annexure V).
9.9.

National Seeds Corporation, New Delhi

National Seeds Corporation (NSC) (www.indiaseeds.com) will be responsible for


taking up programmes for production and supply of good quality seed and
planting material (Annexure V).

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9.10. National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur
National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), Nagpur (www.nrccitrus.nic.in) will
be implementing the mission mode programme on Technology Mission on Citrus
(Annexure V).

9.11. State Farm Corporation of India, New Delhi


State Farms Corporation of India (SFCI), New Delhi will be responsible for
development and supply of good quality seed and planting material
(Annexure V).
9.12. Hindustan Insecticides Ltd. (HIL)
HIL (www.hil.gov.in) will be responsible for production and supply of good quality
vegetable seeds (Annexure V).
9.13. National Institute for Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE),
Hyderabad
MANAGE (www.manage.gov.in) will be responsible for taking up HRD related
programme for training field functionaries under NHM and HMNEH (Annexure
V).
9.14. Fresh & Healthy Enterprises Ltd. (FHEL), New Delhi
FHEL (www.fhel.co.in) will be responsible for carrying out feasibility studies and
preparing DPRs for integrated cold chain for horticulture commodities, involving
long distance haulage by Railways (Annexure V).
9.15. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development
Authority (APEDA), New Delhi

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APEDA, (www.apeda.gov.in) Ministry of Commerce will be involved in promoting
coordinated development of Agri-Export Zones (AEZ) for horticultural crops and
coordinate with MIDH, for promoting export of horticulture crops.
9.16. Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI), New Delhi
DMI will be responsible for providing market intelligence and monitoring of
programmes relating to marketing of horticulture crops (www.agmarknet.nic.in).

9.17. Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI), New Delhi


MFPI (www.mofpi.nic.in) will extend its support to establishment of Food
Processing units in clusters promoted in MIDH and offer its technical support and
assistance, especially in HMNEH areas.
9.18. National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), New Delhi
NMPB (www.nmpb.nic.in) would implement its scheme relating to development of
medicinal plants in coordination with NHM.
9.19. Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Nagaland
CIH will be responsible for coordinating the activities of technology generation,
transfer and dissemination of improved production technologies available in
North Eastern Region.
9.20. National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD)
NCCD (http://nccd.gov.in) will guide policy and set standards for development of
integrated cold chain in the country, for perishable fruits, vegetables and other
allied agricultural commodities to link with markets and also work in close
collaboration with industry and other stake holders (Annexure V and Annexure
VII).
9.21 National Institute of Food Technology
Management (NIFTEM), Sonipat, Haryana

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NIFTEM (www.niftem.ac.in) will assist in setting up food standards, businesses


incubation including knowledge sharing in the field of food technology and
management, networking and coordinating with other institutions in the field.